Every Womans Health

Health Issues Facing Women at Home and Around the World
Women are concerned with a variety of healthcare topics, and we do our best to cover a broad range in each of our quarterly issues. Topics covered in “Every Woman’s Health” might include overviews of common women’s health issues like cardiovascular health, rheumatoid arthritis, or bone health, for example, or offer skin care advice from dermatologists or tips for combating sleep disorders or depression.

Unmasking the Genetics of Early Heart Disease

Catching familial hypercholesterolemia early can save lives By Heather Stringer Katherine Wilemon was 15 when she discovered that she was living with extremely high cholesterol levels in her blood. At the time, she and her doctors had no idea how seriously this would put her life at risk as she grew up. Katherine had gone […]

Menopause Makeover

Menopause can offer positive changes that enhance your life. By Cheretta A. Clerkley If you are approaching mid­dle age, chances are good you’re thinking about menopause. Menopause is the term used to describe the end of menstruation; a woman is consid­ered menopausal when she has not had a period in 12 months. (Meno­pause is preceded […]

Write Away the Pain

Finding an expressive path can help you come to terms with chronic illness and forge an identity in the face of pain. By Ashley Boynes-Shuck I could easily write an article about what it means to be diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 10, or one about having brain surgery six months before my wedding […]

When It’s Time to See a Gastroenterologist

Expert insight can help pinpoint the culprit in your digestive woes. By Susan Kreimer For Jessie Toledano, 34, the symptoms started in April 2006, but the diagnosis of Crohn’s disease didn’t come until March the following year, just before her twen­ty-fifth birthday. She felt the urge to use the restroom after meals and after drinking […]

Managing Hot Flashes: A Return to Basics

Healthy lifestyle choices can go a long way toward managing or eliminating hot flashes, no matter your age or stage in life. By Diana Bitner, MD Hot flashes during perimenopause and menopause can be very dis­ruptive and confusing, and they can be induced by many factors other than low estrogen. Instant menopause caused by chemotherapy, […]

Defying Age… And Cancer?

Certain new anti-aging skin treatments may have cancer prevention benefits. By Heather Stringer At 45 Rose Heller was the picture of health. The Fort Smith, Arkansas, resident cycled 200 miles per week, worked as a personal trainer, and taught Pilates classes. But there was one part of her body that bothered Rose: her skin. Years […]

Ask the Nurse: Fatigue, Pain, and Related Depression with RA

Carrie Beach, RN, BSN, answers questions about how fatigue and pain can lead to depression for those living with rheumatoid arthritis.  Q: First, can you describe the role of fatigue and pain in rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? What do these symptoms feel like, and what is the range of severity that patients living with the disease […]

Managing Skin Conditions in Pregnancy 

Dermatologists can provide pregnant patients with safe, effective treatments for eczema, psoriasis, and acne. By Jenny Eileen Murase, MD, FAAD Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology University of California, San Francisco Expectant mothers take many steps to maintain their good health and pro­mote the health of their babies. A pregnant wom­an with chronic skin conditions may […]

Annual Order: Talk to Your Doc

The focus of your gynecologic exam will evolve as you age. Talking openly with your OB/GYN during your annual visit will ensure that you get what you need at your stage of life. By Diana Price Do you see your gynecologist each year for an annual exam? For many women various guidelines released by medical […]

Make a Healthy Move: City Health Rankings

Over 60 and thinking of finding a new hometown? Learn how evaluating a city’s health ranking data can help you make the best move. By Carol Marak If you’re like me, among the 22 percent of sin­gle women over 60 years of age who live alone without the support of a spouse, a partner, or […]